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red knit kippah lying atop a blue and white fringed prayer shawl

I attended a high-pressure college, and a combination of physical illness and depression nearly compelled me to drop out in my senior year.

Sacha Mankins
Closeup of a lace chuppah with a Star of David beneath it

I met my husband, Matthew, the old-fashioned way – at the office.

Susan Brownstein
Two men in synagogue balcony, one in tallit and phylacteries

At 26, Csanad Szedgedi was the poster boy of Hungary’s burgeoning far-right nationalist party.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Hands holding up speech bubble signs against a light pink background

I was born in Germany and didn’t grow up Jewish, but neither do I look particularly Teutonic or fall into any of the categories that might (wrongly) be labeled as “not-Jewish.” I don’t look “typica

Julia Knobloch
Couple holding hands with no faces visible

Although you might think that Lisa, my Jewish-by-birth partner, asked me to take a URJ the Introduction to Judaism course with her to

Alex Lussenhop
Aeriel view of Jerusalem skyline

One of the defining questions of Jewish peoplehood in our time is: “Who is a Jew?” Recently, members of the Israeli government have been introducing legislation that would rollback many of the basi

Rabbi Noa Sattath

I recently came across a box of old photos and mementos and found that at the bottom was a microcassette labeled “1998 Gomez.” Fumbling around for the cassette recorder, I wiped tears away.

Ilene S. Goldman

Parashat Vayeira is rich in gleanings about hospitality, kindness, righteousness, jealously, reconciliation, and, pa

Julia Knobloch

When I was 10 years old, my family met Congressman John Lewis, a giant for social justice; it’s the only time I remember seeing my dad tear up.

Zoe Goodman

Jewish life and culture have become more present in Germany over the past decade or so, but when I was born in Mainz, in the 1970s, there was no giant hanukkiyah in front of the Brandenbur

Julia Knobloch


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